This October, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual meeting was held in Toronto, Canada. Here are summaries of just two of the exciting presentations at the meeting.
One of the most interesting topics discussed was breast augmentation with fat transfer. At the meeting, researchers presented results of a study that investigated this option for breast enlargement that”s been gaining a lot of press in the last year. The study examined 25 patients who had undergone breast augmentation with fat transferred from another area of their body. At 6 months after surgery, patients still showed increased breast volume. In addition to suggesting the viability of the procedure, the authors stressed the importance of using a tissue expander prior to surgery.
Still, when my breast enlargement patients in Dallas ask about “natural” breast augmentation, I make it clear that there is not yet a reliable substitute for traditional breast augmentation with implants. The most significant difference is that the implant-based procedure offers a much more significant size increase. The bottom line is that highly visible enlargement just isn”t yet possible through fat grafting.
Something that most board-certified plastic surgeons recognize is that successful surgical outcomes require improvements in both form and function. In terms of reconstructive procedures, this means that an aesthetic focus, as much as a reconstructive focus, is essential for positive results.
At the ASPS meeting, members of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons discussed “facial restoration,” procedures that correct damage and restore beauty. As mentioned in their presentation, surgeons are applying cosmetic techniques – such as fat grafting, dermal fillers, and facial implants – to their facial restoration procedures as well.
About the ASPS
I am an active member of the ASPS. This organization, the largest of its kind, provides support and continuing education for board-certified plastic surgeons. Furthering their goal of improving patient care, their annual meeting is a forum where surgeons can share advances in the industry. I”ll try to keep sharing some of the latest news from the ASPS.